1. Pleasant Valley (14-0, LW: 1)

Senior Ellie Spelhaug outscored Muscatine and Linn-Mar in the last week. The Bradley recruit averaged 26.5 points and shot nearly 60 percent in the team's lopsided wins. Ranked fourth in Iowa Class 5A, PV has just two road games left — 3A seventh-ranked Assumption and 4A fourth-ranked North Scott. 

Next up: Friday at Assumption; Tuesday vs. Burlington

2. Rock Island (15-7, LW: 2)

The Rocks won three games at the DeKalb tournament before stumbling to Illinois 4A fourth-ranked Rockford Boylan in the final, 57-40. Brea Beal had 24 points and 13 rebounds in a semifinal win over Lincoln Way East. Rock Island can open up a two-game lead in the Big Six with a win over Moline. 

Next up: Today at Moline; Saturday vs. Butler, Ky., at Louisville

3. North Scott (12-2, LW: 3)

Since the 16-point loss to PV on Dec. 12, North Scott has won seven straight (six by double figures). Grace Boffeli had 12 points and 13 rebounds in last Friday's 50-28 triumph over Clinton, and Presley Case chipped in 11 points. North Scott starts a rugged four-game stretch Friday at Muscatine. 

Next up: Friday at Muscatine; Tuesday vs. Assumption

4. Bettendorf (10-3, LW: 5)

With last Thursday's game against Central postponed, Bettendorf has not played in more than a week. The Bulldogs will play three times in the next six days starting tonight. Guard Emily Ivory is on pace to become the league's next 1,000-point scorer as she's closing in on 950 career points. 

Next up: Today vs. Davenport Central; Friday vs. Clinton; Tuesday at Davenport West

5. Assumption (9-5, LW: 4)

The Knights had their seven-game win streak snapped with a 72-57 home setback to Davenport North last Friday. It was the most points Assumption has given up in a game this season. Coach Katelyn McNamara's team plays back-to-back top-5 ranked teams before facing four teams below .500.

Next up: Friday vs. Pleasant Valley; Tuesday at North Scott


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.